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NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 2 Preview: Edmonton Oilers (0-1) at Vegas Golden Knights (1-0)


OILERS ALL-TIME PLAYOFFS vs. VEGAS 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 4 6
OILERS vs. VEGAS – 2022-23 4 3-0-1 1-0-1 2-0-0 18 14

• The second round matchup against the Golden Knights marks the first time these two franchises have met in the postseason.
• Edmonton owns an all-time series record of 10-6 in its first head-to-head playoff round with a franchise, while Vegas is 7-3.
• Edmonton’s matchup against Vegas marks the 16th time they have advanced past the opening round in franchise history.
• Evander Kane leads the Oilers with five (2G, 3A) career playoff points against the Golden Knights and has played in a career high 13 postseason games against Vegas.

The Oilers’ power play is 11/19 in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ranking 1st amongst all playoff teams with a percentage of 57.9%. The Oilers went 2/3 on the powerplay in game one against Vegas, with Leon Draisaitl scoring both goals marking his playoff leading 5th power play goal. Edmonton recorded the 3rd most power play goals in a single playoff series, in franchise history (1987 Smythe Division Semi vs Jets & 1992 Smythe Division Semi vs Kings – 10).

The Oilers overcame a three goal deficit in game 4 to beat the Kings 5-4 in overtime. They have overcome a three-goal deficit four times in postseason history with the most recent instance coming during Game 3 of the 1997 Conference Quarterfinal versus Dallas.

Evan Bouchard recorded two power play assists in game one against Vegas to bring his power play point total to 11 in the 2023 Playoffs. Bouchard posted eight power-play points in the 2023 First Round and tied the NHL record for the most by a defenseman in a playoff series, a mark shared by Denis Potvin (8 in 1981 QF & 1980 SCF), John Carlson (8 in 2018 R1) and Paul Coffey (8 in 1993 DSF). Bouchard concluded the opening round with 2-8—10 (6 GP) – the only Oilers defenseman with as many points in a single series is Coffey (3-11—14 in 1985 CF & 3-8—11 in 1985 SC Leon Draisaitl posted four goals in game one against Vegas, extending his point streak to 7 games and now has 15 points (11G, 4A) Connor McDavid is on a six-game point streak, recording 12 points (3G, 9A) Mattias Ekholm is also on a four-game point streak (6A), including two assists in game one against Vegas.

The Oilers had three 10-point scorers in a single series for the third time in franchise history, following the 1985 Conference Finals (4) and 1987 Division Semifinals (3). They became the third team in the past 25 years to have three 10-point scorers in a series, joining the Jets (3 in 2018 R2) and Senators (3 in 2006 CQF).

Record: 6-2-2
GF: 36 GA: 32
*2022-23 5/3/23 @ VGK 6-4 L
2022-23 3/28/23 @ VGK 7-4 W
2022-23 3/25/23 @ EDM 4-3 L (OT)
2022-23 1/14/23 @ VGK 4-3 W
2022-23 11/19/22 @ EDM 4-3 W (OT)
2021-22 4/16/22 @ EDM 4-0 W
2021-22 2/8/22 @ EDM 4-0 L
2021-22 11/27/21 @ VGK 3-2 W
2021-22 10/22/21 @ VGK 5-4 W
2019-20 3/9/20 @ EDM 3-2 L (OT)
*Notes playoff game


Golden Knights 2022-23 Regular Season Record: 51-22-9, 111 points (25-15-1 at Home, 26-7-8 on Road)

May 3 Vegas 6, Edmonton 4 49(2), 22, 61, 20, 9 Brossoit Skinner

May 6 vs. Edmonton Oilers 4 p.m. TNT Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 8 at Edmonton Oilers 5:30 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 10 at Edmonton Oilers 7 p.m. ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 12* vs. Edmonton Oilers TBD TNT Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 14* at Edmonton Oilers TBD TBD Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
May 16* vs. Edmonton Oilers TBD TNT Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
*If Necessary

Round 2 Game 1 Recap
May 3 – Vegas Golden Knights 6, Edmonton Oilers 4
Ivan Barbashev scored two goals as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 6-4, in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas leads the series, 1-0. Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring for Edmonton at 3:56 of the first, but Barbashev answered 40 seconds later to knot the game at 1-1. Michael Amadio and Mark Stone scored to put Vegas ahead before Draisaitl’s second of the night brought the Oilers back to within a goal with 10 seconds left in the opening period. After a scoreless second, Draisaitl completed the hat trick with a power-play goal less than two minutes into the final frame. Barbashev answered again just 1:01 later to put Vegas back on top, 4-3. Chandler Stephenson found the back of the net just 50 seconds after Barbashev as the Golden Knights regained the two-goal lead. After Draisaitl potted his fourth of the game, Jack Eichel buried an empty-net marker to give the Golden Knights the 6-4 victory.

VGK/EDM – Regular Season Recap
The Vegas Golden Knights held a 1-2-1 record against the Edmonton Oilers in the 2022-23 regular season. In both of the first two matchups of the season, Vegas fell 4-3 to Edmonton, as the first contest saw a two-goal performance from Mark Stone send the Golden Knights into overtime where Connor McDavid gave Edmonton the game-winner. In their third meeting of the season, the Golden Knights battled back and forth with the Oilers and entered overtime for the second time in the season series. Nicolas Roy made the clutch play to give Vegas its first win of the series, 4-3 in the extra frame in Edmonton. In the final meeting of the season three days later in Vegas, things began with another back and forth start, but the Oilers pulled away, 7-4.

2022-23 Season EDM Series: 1-2-1 (Home: 1-1-0, Road: 0-1-1)

First Things First
The Golden Knights finished second in the NHL in first period goals with 87, trailing only Edmonton (92). Vegas had the second largest goal differential in the opening period, outscoring their opponents 87 to 57, and tied for the third least goals allowed in the first.

Clean Hockey
The Golden Knights finished the regular season with the least amount of penalty minutes with 566 and the least penalties per 60 minutes, 3.19 (tied SJS). Vegas has 13 skaters with less than 20 PIM this season and none are past the 70-minute mark.

Beasts of the East
For the first time in franchise history, the Golden Knights reached 20 wins this season against the Eastern Conference, as Vegas’ win at home against Columbus March 19 wrapped up the club’s Eastern Conference competition for the regular season. The Golden Knights finished the season with a 22-8-2 record against the Eastern Conference (12-4-0 Atlantic, 10-4-2 Metropolitan).

Comeback Kids
The Golden Knights led the league with 11 third-period comeback wins in the regular season. Vegas outscored its opponents 87-81 in the third period, won eight in overtime, five in a shootout and had a .292 win-percentage when trailing after the second period (second in NHL).

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